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Weird Wednesdays American Mysteries: The Roanoke Colony

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The Big Radio Show with Chris Meaux

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The Roanoke Colony on Roanoke Island in Dare County, present-day North Carolina, United States was a late 16th-century attempt to establish a permanent English settlement in what later became the Virginia Colony. The enterprise was financed and organized by Sir Walter Raleigh and carried out by Ralph Lane and Richard Grenville, Raleigh's distant cousin. The final group of colonists disappeared during the Anglo-Spanish War, three years after the last shipment of supplies from England. The settlement is known as "The Lost Colony," and the fate of the colonists is still unknown.

What happened to the members of the Roanoke Colony, among them, Virginia Dare, the first child in the Americas born to English parents? Tonight, Chris briefly discusses the history behind the colony and the various theories behind the disappearance of its members.

Chris will also take YOUR calls! Offer your own thoughts and theories about one of the greatest as-yet-unsolved American mysteries.